Grey-capped greenfinch

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Grey-capped greenfinch
Oriental Greenfinch - Honshu - Japan S4E2635 (23026479292).jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Fringillidae
Genus: Chloris
Species: C. sinica
Binomial name
Chloris sinica
(Linnaeus, 1766)

Carduelis sinica

The grey-capped greenfinch or Oriental greenfinch (Chloris sinica) is a small passerine bird in the finch family Fringillidae.

It nests in trees or bushes, laying 3-5 eggs.

Eggs of grey-capped greenfinch MHNT

In 1766 Linnaeus included the species in the 12th edition of his Systema Naturae under the binomial name, Fringilla sinica.[2][3] Five subspecies are now recognised:[4]

The grey-capped greenfinch was formerly placed in the genus Carduelis but was moved to Chloris with the other greenfinches.[4][5]


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Carduelis sinica". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ Paynter, Raymond A. Jnr., ed. (1968). Check-list of birds of the world, Volume 14. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Museum of Comparative Zoology. p. 236. 
  3. ^ Linnaeus, C. (1766). Systema Naturæ per regna tria naturae, secundum classes, ordines, genera, species, cum characteribus, differentiis, synonymis, locis, Volume 1 (in Latin) (12th ed.). Holmiae:Laurentii Salvii. p. 321. 
  4. ^ a b Gill, Frank; Donsker, David (eds.). "Finches, euphonias". World Bird List Version 5.2. International Ornithologists' Union. Retrieved 5 June 2015. 
  5. ^ Zuccon, Dario; Prŷs-Jones, Robert; Rasmussen, Pamela C.; Ericson, Per G.P. (2012). "The phylogenetic relationships and generic limits of finches (Fringillidae)" (PDF). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 62 (2): 581–596. PMID 22023825. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2011.10.002.